Research involving human gametes and embryos

Closes 31 Mar 2023

Opened 29 Nov 2022


This consultation document presents, for public feedback, ACART’s thoughts about the matters that will, or might, need to be addressed in updated guidelines for human reproductive research.

The current guidelines for human reproductive research, titled Guidelines for Research on Gametes and Non-viable Embryos, were published in 2005. It is timely to review these now with a view to providing updated guidelines that still enable society to benefit from developments in ART while reflecting the views and attitudes of the day.

Based on the outcome of this consultation, ACART will develop draft guidelines which will later be the subject of a second round of consultation.

Why your views matter

ACART is interested in hearing public perspectives on:

  • the ethical matters associated with research using human gametes and embryos
  • what, if any, restrictions should be placed on human reproductive research in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • cultural, legal or other matters.

Give Us Your Views


  • Members of the public


  • Assisted reproduction